For more than 20 years, British trombonist Adam Woolf has enjoyed a busy international performing and teaching career at the top of the historical performance music scene. Since 1999 he has played principal trombone with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and combined this with freelancing with major European period instrument orchestras and ensembles. Since 1997 he has been a member of British pioneering ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and in 2001 he founded the Caecilia-Concert in Holland, with which he recorded and performed most of the virtuosic trombone repertoire from the 16th and 17th centuries. His first solo CD Songs Without Words was released in 2010 as the first commercial full-length CD to feature the sackbut as a solo instrument, and he followed this in 2016 with The Food of Love, co-starring world-famous tenor, Charles Daniels. Alongside performing, Adam is a keen educator. In 2008 he published Sackbut Solutions, a practical guide to playing the sackbut. This was the first book ever of its nature to appear and has been used since by players all over the world. Adam is professor of baroque trombone and historical performance at London’s Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Brussels Conservatoire and the Conservatoire of Amsterdam. In 2018 Adam founded Donostia International Early Music (DIEM) in his home town of San Sebastián, Spain, where he gives classes, workshops and concerts featuring historical instruments.
Adam has maintained his career as a player of all types of trombone. He also plays with Mardi Brass Quintet in London, with whom he has recorded five CDs featuring many of his own arrangements. Adam is also a keen jazz musician and explores crossover styles combining early music, jazz and contemporary classical music.